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    Hoesin Bafagih

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Fatimah: A Play in 8 Acts

by: Hoesin Bafagih

In Arab circles in the 1930s plays were staged not only to entertain but also to educate and emancipate the traditionally-oriented Arab minority. The playwrights wanted to emphasize that their community’s future lay in a free and independent Indonesia. Some plays were well received, other evoked protests. Fatimah was one that stirred up commotion. The

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In Arab circles in the 1930s plays were staged not only to entertain but also to educate and emancipate the traditionally-oriented Arab minority. The playwrights wanted to emphasize that their community’s future lay in a free and independent Indonesia. Some plays were well received, other evoked protests. Fatimah was one that stirred up commotion. The play came as a slap in the face to traditional members of the Arab community, attacking their outdated ideas and practices, especially the role of religion in a secular state and the position of women. The play is as topical today as it was 80 years ago. ISBN: 978-602-6978-81-3
Publish Date: 2017
Page Count: 210 pages
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Hoesin Bafagih (ca. 1900–1958), a writer of Arab descent, devoted himself to the cause of equal rights for the country’s Arab minority and its integration into Indonesian society. He was active in several Arab organizations and wrote for the journals Zaman Baroe and Al-Mahdjar. In 1934 he helped to found the Union of Indonesian Arabs (Persatoean Arab Indonesia/PAI), whose members pledged to consider Indonesia their homeland. He regularly contributed articles to the PAI journal Insaf and in 1938 he became editor-in-chief of Aliran Baroe, a monthly known for its progressive views. He was also a successful playwright and director.
Translator :Mary Zurbuchen
Mary S. Zurbuchen first came to Indonesia to teach English in Bali in 1972, which led her to conduct research in Indonesian languages and literary arts, the study of historical memory, and social justice in international education. She obtained a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies and a Doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She has spent much of her professional career working in the field of philanthropy, first as the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for Culture in Indonesia and India between 1983 and 1991, then as the Foundation’s Representative in Jakarta from 1992 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 she was Visiting Professor at the International Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles. From 2003 to 2013, she was Director for Asia and Russia at the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Zurbuchen is the author of The Language of Balinese Shadow Theater (Princeton 1987). Edited titles include Beginning to Remember: The Past in the Indonesian Present (University of Washington/National University of Singapore 2005) and Origins, Journeys and Returns: Social Justice in International Higher Education (Social Science Research Council 2009). Now an independent scholar and consultant, Zurbuchen lives in California.

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